yard work out: Mow the lawn


Yard workout
Digging in the dirt beats sweating in the gym any day

By Diane Hart
First published in Chatelaine’s May 2003 issue.
© Diane Hart

Mow the lawn

Calories burned in 10 minutes: 60

Cutting your grass with a push mower can get your heart pumping. It’s comparable to hiking, walking briskly on a treadmill or downhill skiing. Plus, this cardio-boosting workout allows you to get some fresh air and quality de-stressing time.

What it works
Your calves, legs, buttocks and upper body

How to do it
Keep your arms bent, your back straight and abs tight.

Stand directly behind the mower and keep your stride short to reduce the strain on your lower back.

  • Intro
  • Basic stretch
  • Lift a wheelbarrow
  • Dig with a trowel
  Mow the lawn
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